1. Post #441
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    Quite cool picture of the Orion Nebula taken 130 years ago.
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  2. Post #442
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    Wow I just saw Saturn with my scope. Its fucking beautiful, the rings were defined from the planet itself, I saw Titan its largest moon, and it was just great. I had to call my dad and brother over to see it.
    I also caught the Orion nebula, m54, beehive cluster, and the crescent of Venus.
    are you lucky enough to live among lower light pollution?
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  3. Post #443
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    Space X is giving a talk at my school today, anything I should ask them?
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  4. Post #444
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    The answer to this is probably already out there somewhere but if it's not, maybe ask them why Dragon doesn't use its RCS to dock with the ISS and instead will be mated using a robotic arm.
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  5. Post #445
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    Space X is giving a talk at my school today, anything I should ask them?
    What they look for when hiring new people. What their hiring prospect is for the next 5-10 years, if they can tell out that far. When they expect the first manned flight of Dragon. Plans for future launch vehicles at the moment, if any. What/if any very long-term plans/ideas such as a space station or industrializing the moon.

    I don't know how many you can ask.
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  6. Post #446
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    are you lucky enough to live among lower light pollution?
    Using this Bortle Chart

    I live in about 3-4 on clear nights from my deck. In the Winter the skies are usually perfect and last night the sky was very bad at 5. My neighbors kept their lights on on the street where I was observing.I can't see the milky way with any detail, but I do see a faint yellowish line.

    For such a bad sky I got a nice view of Saturn though
    It looked alot like this
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  7. Post #447
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    do some long exposures at high iso, you'll see the milky way come out

    even 10 seconds at 1600iso, you'll see amazing stuff not visible to your eye
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    Quite cool picture of the Orion Nebula taken 130 years ago.
    We've come a long way.
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  9. Post #449
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    do some long exposures at high iso, you'll see the milky way come out

    even 10 seconds at 1600iso, you'll see amazing stuff not visible to your eye
    I think I'm going to try that tomorrow. I've never taken any pictures at 1600 ISO. Should probably try 3200 while I'm at it. Only problem is that my camera generate quite a lot of noise at such high ISO levels.
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    I think I'm going to try that tomorrow. I've never taken any pictures at 1600 ISO. Should probably try 3200 while I'm at it. Only problem is that my camera generate quite a lot of noise at such high ISO levels.
    take short high ISO photos, like 3-10 seconds then stack them, only do this if you are focused on an object in a high magnitude though.
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  11. Post #451
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    Just finished a semester of Astronomy. Mind blowing course. Although I could have done without all the bloody math.
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    Although I could have done without all the bloody math.
    not if you actually want to understand anything
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  13. Post #453
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    Just finished a semester of Astronomy. Mind blowing course. Although I could have done without all the bloody math.
    The Universe is written in Mathematics, I'd think it would help if you were interested in the subject.
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  14. Post #454
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    Just finished a semester of Astronomy. Mind blowing course. Although I could have done without all the bloody math.
    I wanted to do 3 years Astronomy, had all the grades and everything. But the job market didn't look that bright so I went with engineering instead. I'm still thinking about taking some separate courses just for fun some day.
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    I wanted to do 3 years Astronomy, had all the grades and everything. But the job market didn't look that bright so I went with engineering instead. I'm still thinking about taking some separate courses just for fun some day.
    Aerospace engineering is the future!
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  16. Post #456
    "Consider Einstein's equations in vacuum, but with a cosmological constant, . Solve for the most general spherically symmetric metric, in coordinates (t,r) that reduce to the ordinary Schwarzschild coordinates when ."

    Science is hard, yo.

    Black holes be crazy.
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    I wanted to do 3 years Astronomy, had all the grades and everything. But the job market didn't look that bright so I went with engineering instead. I'm still thinking about taking some separate courses just for fun some day.
    Yeah there are a few things I'm interested in (including astronomy) but I couldn't think of many career options with those other degrees so I went with computer science. I guess one option could be to become a professor and do research/teaching as a career.


    The Universe is written in Mathematics, I'd think it would help if you were interested in the subject.
    Physics, especially atomic physics as well as Chemistry were my favourite classes in high school. My school offers Astronomy and Astrophysics and I took astronomy because I wanted an easy option course and I was hoping it was more straight mind blowing information while Astrophysics was more about the physics behind everything. I guess what I meant to say was there was more math than I expected.
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    What they look for when hiring new people. What their hiring prospect is for the next 5-10 years, if they can tell out that far. When they expect the first manned flight of Dragon. Plans for future launch vehicles at the moment, if any. What/if any very long-term plans/ideas such as a space station or industrializing the moon.

    I don't know how many you can ask.
    Hey so I figured I'd get back to you about this. SpaceX says that they are always hiring new people. They have been rapidly expanding ever since they started, and they don't see that changing any time soon. In new recruits they look for people with hands on experience in projects. I believe they said they expect a manned launch in Q1 of 2013, although I may be confusing that with something else. Their (Elon's) long term idea was to make it to mars. They stated that the purpose of the company was to turn the human race into an interplanetary civilization, and to develop any technologies that would be necessary for the. In fact I believe Elon is quoted somewhere saying he wants to retire on mars. Other than that, they really want to build reusable rockets.

    It was a really inspirational meeting, SpaceX are a bunch of really cool people. They said the average age of the company is 26.
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  19. Post #459
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    "Consider Einstein's equations in vacuum, but with a cosmological constant, . Solve for the most general spherically symmetric metric, in coordinates (t,r) that reduce to the ordinary Schwarzschild coordinates when ."

    Science is hard, yo.

    Black holes be crazy.
    Not everybody is a goddamned scientist broski.
    English.
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  20. Post #460
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    I'm gonna go outside tonight and snap some photos of the moon if there aren't too many clouds.

    Also, is a 200mm lens sufficient?
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  21. Post #461
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    I got rural sky, but once I got the 1 and it was amazing.

    Edited:

    I photographed it but the picture didn't turn out great.
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  22. Post #462
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    Using this Bortle Chart
    Cool, that means my entire local area is at about rural levels at the most, with my house permanently at darksite levels during the summer, cloud cover notwithstanding.
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    Hey so I figured I'd get back to you about this. SpaceX says that they are always hiring new people. They have been rapidly expanding ever since they started, and they don't see that changing any time soon. In new recruits they look for people with hands on experience in projects. I believe they said they expect a manned launch in Q1 of 2013, although I may be confusing that with something else. Their (Elon's) long term idea was to make it to mars. They stated that the purpose of the company was to turn the human race into an interplanetary civilization, and to develop any technologies that would be necessary for the. In fact I believe Elon is quoted somewhere saying he wants to retire on mars. Other than that, they really want to build reusable rockets.

    It was a really inspirational meeting, SpaceX are a bunch of really cool people. They said the average age of the company is 26.
    Awesome stuff, thanks.
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  24. Post #464
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    I got rural sky, but once I got the 1 and it was amazing.

    Edited:

    I photographed it but the picture didn't turn out great.
    What are you talking about, I wish I could get that, It's amazing to think about the vastness of our own little galaxy
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  25. Post #465
    Not everybody is a goddamned scientist broski.
    English.
    But the whole point of my post was science is hard and the problem was difficult, you not understanding serves my point
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  26. Post #466
    Black holes be crazy.
    I like to think of black holes as expanding punctures the bubble we know as our universe. They're alluringly terrifying and poetic.
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    I like to think of black holes as expanding punctures the bubble we know as our universe. They're alluringly terrifying and poetic.
    They may not be punctures at all. We're not sure yet if singularities are necessary features of black holes or if they only appear as artifacts of the high degrees of symmetry we use in our simplified models of black holes.
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  28. Post #468
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    I've been watching some documentaries about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and every time I think of it I get furious about the sheer negligence the management of various companies and even NASA displayed that day.
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    They may not be punctures at all. We're not sure yet if singularities are necessary features of black holes or if they only appear as artifacts of the high degrees of symmetry we use in our simplified models of black holes.
    To little is known. It is in my opinion one of the most fascinating features of the universe, just waiting to be understood.

    Edited:

    I've been watching some documentaries about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and every time I think of it I get furious about the sheer negligence the management of various companies and even NASA displayed that day.
    Not a mistake NASA will make again.
    Though who knows who others may ignore dangers to rush a launch, with China entering the race...
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  30. Post #470
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    Some, of you probably already saw this but:

    http://facepunch.com/threads/1178375

    Asteroid mining!
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  31. Post #471
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    i made this from some photos i took when I was bored, played with photoshop for a bit, made me a fictitious planet

    there's 3 photos in there, the background is a series of 6 second exposures at 1600 iso

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    Eugh. Summer is coming, no more stars until August.

    Such is the life in Iceland :(
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    So I don't know a whole lot about astronomy, but there's supposed to be a pretty visible meteor shower in my area this weekend, any tips on what to look for/how to get the best experience?
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  34. Post #474
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    So I don't know a whole lot about astronomy, but there's supposed to be a pretty visible meteor shower in my area this weekend, any tips on what to look for/how to get the best experience?
    Dark area!

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    and possibly look towards the origin of the shower.
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    So I don't know a whole lot about astronomy, but there's supposed to be a pretty visible meteor shower in my area this weekend, any tips on what to look for/how to get the best experience?
    Look to the Constellation of Lyra, don't focus on where they are coming at you or you will only see dots and you will miss most of them, keep your eyes moving.

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    Dark area!

    Edited:

    and possibly look towards the origin of the shower.
    YOU CRAZY WRONG
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    So I don't know a whole lot about astronomy, but there's supposed to be a pretty visible meteor shower in my area this weekend, any tips on what to look for/how to get the best experience?
    Go to a desert in Chile.
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    So I don't know a whole lot about astronomy, but there's supposed to be a pretty visible meteor shower in my area this weekend, any tips on what to look for/how to get the best experience?
    Go to a rural area with little to no light pollution for best visibility.
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  38. Post #478
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    Look to the Constellation of Lyra, don't focus on where they are coming at you or you will only see dots and you will miss most of them, keep your eyes moving.

    Edited:



    YOU CRAZY WRONG
    Snap, I knew something was off.
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  39. Post #479
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    I have a present for you guys. Its a little album of space wallpapers I put together, mostly Spitzer images. Cool though;
    Preview album for individual pictures;
    http://imgur.com/a/mrdrY#0
    Whole File;
    http://www.mediafire.com/?4ulmccr6j332fts

    Enjoy
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